May 16, 2016

Foot Health: Put Your Best Feet Forward

It’s easy to take our feet for granted, but they are vital to our everyday living and need proper care so that they can work to keep us moving well as we age.

Healthy Feet Matter
Healthy feet contribute to our overall health and to our safety in several ways.
• They help us maintain our balance and reduce the risk of falls.
• They allow us to stay active, which keeps our muscles and bones strong.
• They provide early warning signs of serious health problems including arthritis, diabetes, nerve problems and poor circulation.

Warning Signs
You should see your doctor if you notice any of the following warning signs of potential foot problems.
• a sore that is infected or won’t heal
• pain on walking that isn’t present when you rest
• unusual cold, cramps, discomfort, numbness or tingling
• changes in skin colour or foot shape
• reduced sensitivity to cold, heat or pain

Keeping Feet Fit
Regular activity is one of the best ways to keep your feet fit. For example, you can do simple foot exercises, including pointing and flexing your toes and rotating your ankles in both directions; however, walking is one of the easiest way to keep your feet—and the rest of you—active and healthy.

To help keep your feet fit, why not join the ARTA Walking Challenge, on now until June 30, 2016? Learn more about the challenge here.

Walking Challenge Logo 2016

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